As the class-A short-season affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers have prepared rising stars for the big leagues since 1999. The feisty squad has worked their way through some tough seasons in the New York-Penn League, including four appearances in the league finals and a league championship in 2004. Now entering their 15th season, the Scrappers still play their home games at Eastwood Field, which showcases a view of verdant woods and the sasquatches living in peace beyond the outfield wall for crowds of up to 6,300 fans.
In business for 33 years, Fitness One offers budget-friendly prices with the quality equipment and personal attention typically associated with pricier private gyms. Reap body benefits with solo workouts, or join group fitness classes. Class-goers can pop and lock pounds off during hip-hop dance sessions, or use core-strengthening workouts to forge solid abs that can ricochet even the nastiest dodge balls. High-energy Zumba classes for all experience levels fuse Latin rhythms with dynamic moves for intensive cardio, and daily spinning sessions pummel fat and tone legs with the aid of stationary bikes. After a hard-core workout, gym junkies can also take advantage of Fitness One's tanning services to highlight rippling flesh with a golden glow sure to catch the eye of any wandering leprechauns.
Olympic Dreams imparts tumbling tenderfoots and movement mavens with gymnastic know-how through an array of classes tailored to every skill and age level. Students can choose from a range of classes that meet once a week over the course of a month. During sessions, capable coaches train participants in gymnastic fundamentals and enhance gross motor development, balance, and body mobility. The school-age program pushes students beyond basics into more difficult maneuvers, which are broken down, practiced movement by movement, and pieced together, unlike the armless busts of ancient leotard designers. For boys and girls aged 8–18, tumbling and trampoline classes start rigid bodies on path toward actualizing dreams of flipping, twisting, and street-performing as full-body contortionists. Classes begin focused on back handsprings and front and back flips, and basic floor work finishes the series.
With more than 80 seasons of emotive experience, The Youngstown Playhouse has been treating Mahoning Valley audiences to Broadway plays, youth theater, and other quality community productions for generations. One of the season’s six main-stage plays, the Tony Award–winning musical, Oliver!, carouses audiences into the chilly alleys, dark corners, and haggis-laden streets of Victorian-era London in a show-stopping adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic coming-of-age story. Centered around the trials and tribulations of a penniless orphan, Oliver! will delight theater-goers of all ages as they follow along with his rags-to-riches story, and sing along to famous songs such as Consider Yourself, You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two and Oklahoma! . Grab today's dramatic Groupon and call to reserve your seats.
Established in 1933, The Hub has since excelled at cooking up simmering chili, grilled dogs, burgers, and fries to please its patrons. Check the menu and try the franks with or without The Hub’s original chili sauce and onions ($0.99), or wrap your meat cylinder in a thick blanket of batter and call it a corn dog ($1.29). The Hub's burger with cheese ($4.50) pairs well with a boat of fries and sauce ($4.75) or crispy onion rings ($4). Customers can eat indoors or, when the weather warms up, consume their chili-clad cache under a canopy of sunlight while watching the bats and balls frolicking inside the adjoining batting cages.
Founded by NFL veteran Don Beebe and athletic expert Dr. Jeffrey Schutt, House of Speed forges sportspeople of all stripes into world-class athletes with specialized equipment and personalized performance tracking. Once Steve Halloran and his crew arrange sweat donors into small groups of 5–25 (with at least one trainer for every 10–15 athletes), he targets a slew of individual body areas with an optimized warm-up. The PowerPull resistance machine teaches nimble feet to run with correct form and mechanics and the Bear squat machine's angled footplate takes stress off of the back and knees and boosts vertical propulsion for more satisfying high-fives with blimp pilots. Dartfish instant video feedback lets trainees review every juke, jump, and follow-through. House of Speed's proprietary MySpeed web application tracks progress using comprehensive data from eight core drills, allowing participants to compare their stats with those of nationwide competitors.
Since opening in 1998, House of Speed locations have trained more than 40,000 athletes, including Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and former Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner. The Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, and the University of Illinois have also used House of Speed's off-season training programs to keep players out of summer bicycle gangs and seedy all-night fireplace stores.